Alleged murder victim had planned to volunteer with Mal Brough's campaign
The wife of former politician Mal Brough has played witness in the murder trial of former friend and political volunteer, Lindy Williams.
Suzanne Brough took to the stand today, telling the court Williams and George Gerbic came into their office just before the 2013 election.
"They announced that they had just got engaged… and would get married in Las Vegas,” Mrs Brough told the court.
"They were very, very happy. Came in together. No sign of injury."
The pair were supposed to help volunteer at Broughs election campaign just three days later. But Gerbic and Williams never turned up.
"I only heard from them on the Friday to say they couldn't work the booth because one of them was ill," Mrs Brough said.
By then, prosecutors say Gerbic was already dead, allegedly murdered by his fiancée, Williams. His headless torso was found burning on the side of a Sunshine Coast road two weeks later. But it would take police some 10 months to work out they were Gerbic's remains.
Williams is accused of murdering Gerbic and dismembering his body before dumping it back in September 2013. The now 60-year-old denies murdering her then-fiancé but has pleaded guilty to interfering with a corpse.
Gerbic's former wife, Cheryl Aiken also took the stand today. The couple were divorced in 1995 but more than two decades later, their dirty laundry was aired in court. Williams' barrister read out an email Aiken wrote to the Coolum Football club shortly after Gerbic resigned as President that September, feigning her surprise at his resignation.
"I should've known because I was married to the bastard… He abused his first girlfriend, his first wife and then me. He slept around and much worse… If people knew the hell I went through, he'd be in prison."
The court was told Aiken's claims were backed up by a sworn police statement she made some 10 months after Gerbic was murdered. Aiken even admitted Gerbic had slept with a Swedish model when she was pregnant with their second son, Simon.
But when Williams' barrister Simon Lewis cross examined Aiken about Gerbic, she played it down.
"What does much worse mean?"
Aiken replied: "I don't know… I tend to exaggerate. He only hit me occasionally."
The jury were also played a police interview in which Williams described their fractured relationship, and how she would "always sleep with a knife by her bed," because Gerbic, as she put it, "had come at her before."
The trial continues.
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